Current Affairs – June 15, 2018

PM visits Chhattisgarh, inaugurates Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur; dedicates modernized, expanded Bhilai Steel Plant to the Nation

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, visited Chhattisgarh on 14th June. He inaugurated the Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur Smart City. He was briefed on various aspects of the Command and Control Centre. He later visited Blast Furnace-8 at the Bhilai Steel Plant and was briefed on various aspects of the Plant. People lined the streets of Bhilai to greet the Prime Minister.

 

Gujarat tops NITI Aayog’s composite water management index

The government has ranked Gujarat as the top state in composite water management in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. While Tripura has emerged as the top performer in north-east, Rajasthan has emerged as the best performer in the incremental progress over last two years.

 

WPI inflation rises to 14-month high in May on costlier fuel, veggies

Inflation based on wholesale prices shot up to a 14-month high of 4.43 percent in May on increasing prices of petrol and diesel as well as vegetables. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation stood at 3.18 percent in April and 2.26 percent in May last year.

 

India’s first female ‘Haj coordinator’ to wear ‘hijab’ for the first time in her life

In a first, the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has appointed a female Haj coordinator who will be responsible for assisting unaccompanied women as they undertake the ‘Haj‘. An officer with the Indian Defence Accounts Services, Moina Benazir will provide any required support to about 1,300 women during their journeys to Jeddah.

 

Sitharaman opens BEL liaison office in Vietnam

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said recently that there is immense potential to be explored by Indian defence industry in Vietnam in areas of co-production of platforms, spares, repair and overhaul services. Inaugurating the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) liaison office in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Business Interaction organized by FICCI, Sitharaman handed over a symbolic key to Mr. M.V Gowtama, CMD, BEL.

 

Indian-American woman to become CFO of General Motors

An Indian-American woman, Dhivya Suryadevara has been named the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of the US’ largest automaker, General Motors (GM). Dhivya Suryadevara, currently the vice president of corporate finance, will succeed Chuck Stevens, the GM’s present CFO, on September 1, the company said in a statement.

 

Smriti Mandhana to become first Indian to play in England’s Kia Super League

India Women’s Cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian player to appear in Kia Super League – the women’s cricket super league in England. Smriti was signed by Western Storm and will represent them in the upcoming edition of the tournament that features six teams. The 21-year-old India opener has scored over 826 runs with the highest score of 76 in the 40 T20Is that she has played so far.

 

KSS Memorial Shooting Championship: Arpit Goel clinches gold on an opening day

The opening day of the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship on 13th June saw national team shooter Arpit Goel of Delhi display his class to run away with the top honors in the 25M Rapid Fire Pistol (Senior) Men category on 13th June.

 

FIFA WC 2018: Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament opener

The host nation, Russia, blanked Saudi Arabia in a 5-0 victory in the opening match of the World Cup at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 14th June. Yury Gazinsky scored tournament’s opening goal with a firmly-placed header to give hosts 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of the match.

 

Women’s basketball legend Anne Donovan passes away

The New York Liberty Basketball team has condoled the demise of Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medallist Anne Donovan, who recently passed away aged 56 of heart failure.

 

Georgia’s prime minister resigns after mass protests

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, prime minister of Georgia, has announced his resignation amid a disagreement with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the ruling party. Kvirikashvili, 50, has been the country’s prime minister since 2015. The prime minister’s resignation comes amid growing popular discontent over his government’s handling of the economy and after mass protests in recent months.
Capital: Tbilisi
Currency: Georgian Lari

 

Global Wind Day: 15 June

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world. GWD is a coordinated action between Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), WindEurope and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities.

 

Learn Two a Day:
Rani Jhansi Marine National park: Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve and National park: Tamil Nadu

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